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Fires Affect Air Quality

August 18, 2009

Pasadena, CA – While Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) schools are not in session, PUSD health officials provided the following information regarding wildfires burning in the Angeles National Forest today.  Smoke from wildfires is negatively affecting air quality in portions of Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra Madre, and air quality remains at unhealthy levels throughout the San Gabriel Valley. PUSD has suspended athletic activity for students during this time, and the PUSD Health Department advises the following for areas directly impacted by smoke: 

  • Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion;
  • Individuals with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors.
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Run your air conditioner if you have one, keeping the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.
For those who need to seek alternate shelter, an evacuation center has been established at Jackson Elementary School, 593 W. Woodbury Drive in Altadena. 

For the latest information regarding the status of the fires, evacuations, and air quality, please visit http://www.fire.lacounty.gov or www.cityofpasadena.net


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